From time to time, I've posted sports-themed posts on my other blogs, DiscConnected (music reviews and news) or Back In The USSR (political).

I decided to see if I could give ESPN 8 (The Ocho) a run for their money and started this blog.

I lifted the title from John DeBella's Philadelphia morning radio show back in the eighties.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from cycling. Pat McQuaid, president of the International Cycling Union, the sport’s governing body, said Armstrong, “deserves to be forgotten.”

And it seems like everyone is piling on, from corporate sponsors terminating agreements to the Boston Marathon vacating his time in the 2008 race.

Sheryl Crow is even going to pull songs influenced by her relationship with Armstrong from their respective releases.

Okay, I'm kidding about that part-I needed an excuse to post a Sheryl Crow picture!

Armstrong claims the process is "rigged" against him and maintains his innocence, saying he never failed a drug test.  He has said that he, his teammates and those riders who competed against him would always know he won those seven Tours.

I am as conflicted on this one as I was on the steriods in baseball issue (well at least the Senate didn't get involved in this one).

Just as Barry Bonds in baseball, it seems implausible that Armstrong could be innocent.

It bothers me that it's so many years later that action is taken.

But the big question for me:

Who will the titles go to-second place?

Because I am certain that if Armstrong was a doper, the guy who finished two seconds behind him was probably squeaky clean!

Monday, October 8, 2012


The argument of creation versus evolution has finally been proven out. The behavior in Kansas City yesterday proves that a divine hand had nothing to do with Americans, who obviously evolved from apes, and apparently are not very far from the tree.

Embattled Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel suffered a concussion when he got decked by Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata in the fourth quarter.

It was a devastating hit as the 6-foot-4, 350-pounder had a full head of steam when he crashed into Cassel.

And I am sure it made the highlight reels with the ESPN staff yelling "JACLED UP!" or some other expression to celebrate the savagery of the hit.

Too bad about Cassel, huh?

Before kickoff, an airplane circled the stadium with a banner calling for Cassel to be benched and for general manager Scott Pioli to be fired.

But in what is one of the most disgraceful moments in Kansas City sports history, fans cheered when Cassel got hurt.

You heard that right. The hometown fans cheered that the hometown quarterback was knocked out of the game. This was before the extent of the injury was known. They cheered.

After the game, Cassel was visibly upset.

Chiefs offensive tackle Eric Winston went on a rant after the game where he criticized the fans for taking joy in Cassel's pain.

"We are athletes, we are not gladiators,” Winston told Kansas City reporters. “This isn’t the Roman Colisseum. People pay their hard-earned money to come in here. I believe they can boo, they can cheer, they can do whatever they want. But when you cheer somebody getting knocked out, I don’t care who it is, and it just so happened to be Matt Cassel, it’s sickening. It’s 100 percent sickening. I’ve been in some rough times on some rough teams. I’ve never been so embarrassed in my life to play football than at that moment right there.”

"Matt Cassel hasn’t done anything to you people, hasn’t done anything to the media writers who kill him, hasn’t done anything wrong to the people that come out here and cheer him. If he’s not the best quarterback, he’s not the best quarterback, and that’s OK. But he’s a person. And he got knocked out in a game, and we got 70,000 people cheering If you’re one of those people who were out there cheering, or even smiled, when he got knocked out, I just want everyone to know it’s sickening and disgusting.”

Not Kansas City's finest moment.